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Games And Porn Addiction Responsible For The "Demise" Of American Men

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Matt Gardner
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ADHD, Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Games destroying society, Nikita Duncan, Porn, Psychology, Study, The Demise of Men, Violence

Games And Porn Addiction Responsible For The "Demise" Of American Men

A new book, commissioned by TED, and written by the creator of the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, Dr. Phillip Zimbardo, and personal assistant Nikita Duncan, has suggested that the "misuse of technology", and the addictive qualities of video games and pornography are responsible for the "demise" of young men in North America.

In the book - titled "The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It," - Zimbardo and Duncan discuss the nature of "arousal addiction", in relation to video games and pornography. In contrast to smokers, drunks, gamblers, and drug addicts who crave greater quantities of the source of their addiction, the dynamic duo argue that "arousal addicts" crave new experiences rather than familiar ones - eschewing relationships, work, and schooling.

"There are many factors that play into a general loss of motivation in guys," said Duncan in a TED interview. "If you go beyond the symptoms — performing poorly in school, failing to transition into adulthood, flaming out socially and sexually with women — and into the causes, guys are living in an environment that’s hostile towards men. We make men feel expendable, unneeded, and like they can’t be themselves."

This lack of motivation is not prescribed to technology, but rather the use of such technology, with Duncan noting that there are innumerable other factors to take into consideration.

"Technology is not the issue," she says. "Rather, it’s the misuse of technology. There’s a general overuse of video games and porn — especially in social isolation — which is not balanced out by other activities like exercise, face-to-face socialization with peers, or individual time with any kind of male mentor.

"The average teenage guy spends 44 hours a week in front of a television or computer screen and half an hour in one-on-one conversation with his father. And that’s the boys who actually have a father around. Fatherlessness is another huge factor; America leads the industrialized world in fatherlessness — 40% of children today are born to unwed mothers, the rate is 50% for women under 30. This in turn affects guys’ school performance.

"Boys that grow up without fathers around do not do as well in school and are not as well adjusted socially. They’re also far more likely to have attention or mood disorders and more likely to play excessive amounts of video games."

Zimbardo acknowledges that each generation is "different to the last", but states that there are more distractions than ever that contribute to creating men less able and less motivated to deal with reality than ever before.

"There’s no doubt every generation is different from the last," he says. "However, this generation is very different from any other before it. Guys’ brains are being forever altered with prescription drugs, illegal drugs that have ever-increasing potency, and overstimulation from enticing images and games. All of this make them less motivated to deal with a quickly evolving reality. Young men are getting left behind socially, sexually, and financially." [via GI.biz]

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DivideByZero  May. 24, 2012 at 13:49

"Boys that grow up without fathers around do not do as well in school and are not as well adjusted socially. They’re also far more likely to have attention or mood disorders and more likely to play excessive amounts of video games."

Another reason to hate my f***ing dad.

I'm off to have a w*** and then play CoD.

Kopite211  May. 24, 2012 at 18:49

@DivideByZero, I've been feeling **** awful the last few days, massive health issues, anxiety, nausea, shortness of breath, the lot. That last line made me laugh hard. Thanks, I really needed that.

MattGardner  May. 24, 2012 at 19:43

Hope you're feeling better soon!

Kopite211  May. 24, 2012 at 22:41

Hope you're feeling better soon!
You and me both, cheers :)

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